We hunger for many things. God understands our deepest longings and can provide for them.
We are in the barrenness and need to ask God to restore us back to the Garden of Eden. How do you satisfy the hunger and longing to be joined with God?
We cry out to God to restore our brokenness and put us back together.
Our hunger invites us to leave God's Garden and to go into Satan's realm. Jesus takes us back to the Garden.
What will you do today - this week - this year - to help be restored to God?
God's Promises are Good!
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In the midst of the storms of life, God is there and will take care of us. Storms of life will come but God promises to walk with us. Lives will be tossed and jolted but God promises to walk with us.
God's promises are good for future and past generations. Jesus came to fulfill the Old Testament promises and to pick up our sin.
Paul is a living testimony of God's promises being fulfilled.
Christ's Resurrection Proclaims Light to All People
Are you willing to let the Holy Spirit work in your life?
How we are living our lives is the first testimony we have for Jesus Christ.
You need to know Christ's transforming power in your life before sharing it with others. Where have you seen Christ?
Lives are not transformed by conversion stories, they are transformed by the Holy Spirit. We are to be faithful to God's call and it is up to the Holy Spirit to change lives.
Paul Finds God in Solitude
The only way to be ready to speak for Christ is to be prepared with prayer and solitude. How do you manage your time? What are your priorities? Can we give God 10 minutes of prayer a day?
What was Paul doing while he was waiting in jail? God is standing with Paul, even while he is in prison. Paul knows how to get an impact for Jesus no matter what his situation is. He has used his jail time, his solitude, to broaden and strengthen his time with God.
Prayer is being quiet enough that God can whisper over the thoughts and emotions going on in our heads.
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Communion is God's Justice for All
Christ invites us to humility through Communion.
How do we look for justice in difficult situations? What does it mean to be fair to everyone?
God wants our focused obedience, not a bribe or favor. As followers of the Way, we are called to be the love of Christ wherever we go. How can we help fill the void of justice in the world?
The hardest part of injustice is the inability to see it.
God Uses All Things for Good.
What is God's plan for your life today? What is His plan for next week? 5 years?
How do you plan when everyone says "don't do this" but God says otherwise? What are the forces trying to derail God's plan in your life? What is conspiring to come between you and God?
Trust in God and He will be you with His plan. No matter what.
Citizens of God's Kingdom.
Our words and actions should declare that we are citizen's of Christ's kingdom. Paul carries his citizenship of God's kingdom with him everywhere for all to see. Are we able to do that? What do we need to do as citizens of God's kingdom? Who should we care for?
With the epiphany of Christ, how can we stand around and be silent?